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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Who’s got trouble? We’ve got trouble.

Date Posted: March 19 2010

LANSING – Twice in a six-year period, U.S. stocks and other markets  underwent stomach-churning, historic drops that the experts said should only come once in a lifetime. And to make...

Durant Hotel gets new lease on life

Date Posted: March 5 2010

FLINT – Shuttered since 1973, the historic Durant Hotel is getting new life: its old walls will enclose modern apartments aimed at serving the student population at the nearby University...

Local 333 sends helping hands to New Orleans

Date Posted: March 5 2010

Plumbers & Pipefitters, LU 333, of Lansing, Michigan has certainly suffered its share in the downed economy but not enough to prevent the Local from giving generously to others in...


Date Posted: March 5 2010

What are you going to do, fire us? Here’s a new one. Whirlpool is planning to shut down a refrigerator factory in Evansville, Indiana by June and ship its operations,...

Nicely built… in Michigan

Date Posted: March 5 2010

The volume of construction work in Michigan has certainly declined – but not the quality of work. The Associated General Contractors of Michigan handed out their annual “Build Michigan Awards”...

Slow mo: Industry momentum hard to find

Date Posted: March 5 2010

The value of new construction starts slipped 1% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $419.3 billion, McGraw-Hill Construction reported on Feb. 19. The slight loss of momentum...

Stimulus money is construction’s one and only bright spot

Date Posted: March 5 2010

The one-year anniversary of the federal economic stimulus program came and went last month, and while the U.S. construction industry has performed miserably during that time, apparently, things could have...

Apprentices donate blood to help Ashley

Date Posted: February 19 2010

On Jan. 17, Ashley Yost, an apprentice member of United Association Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Service Technicians Local 85, was critically injured in an accident in Midland County.  She was...

Boilermakers open doors on new union hall/training center

Date Posted: February 19 2010

ALLEN PARK – Boilermakers Local 169 celebrated the grand opening of their new union hall and apprenticeship school on Jan. 29 – and there was plenty of room to move...

Dip your tea bag in this: Let’s pattern reform after union construction model

Date Posted: February 19 2010

For the better part of a year now, we have witnessed the beginnings of what many political experts believe to be is an influential populist uprising in America. Whether they...

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